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About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist

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About Face is a compendium of everything make-up artist Scott Barnes has learned during his career working with A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston. About Face is packed with techniques for every area of makeup application. Part One focuses on dramatic makeovers of real women with a twist: each woman comes in looking the best ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Fair Winds Press
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Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Beautiful illustrations, good layout, many interviews, but is it really about face? I think that it`s rather self-advertisement. I never doubted Scott is a very tallented person but it`s hard to find perfect makeup secrets in his book. Real secrets stick in mind, technique is the result of many years of practice, experience and skill but a book is only a substitute for what average reader would like to know. The only one secret here is blending. But it`s good that presented models have different ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book had a lot of potential but it just didn't pull through. Scott Barnes talks a lot about "contouring and highlighting" as well as displays the initial approach to both in the transformation pictures but fails to follow through on how to get to the next step. In one picture, the model's face is covered with highly noticeable powder and bronzer and the next picture is about eyes or cheeks. Wait, what? Also I detested the fact that the final images of the transformations looked highly airbr ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosmetics, nonfiction
This man is amazing! I love his technique with contouring/highlighting and the introductory philosophy behind cosmetic makeovers.

P.S. Don't leave it lying around if you have children - there are a couple of photos that aren't appropriate. Nothing worse than the cover of Cosmo they see in the grocery store, but not something you want them staring at. :)
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the tips in this book. I must point out that the author's statement about saliva being the best makeup remover is absolutely false. You NEVER put your saliva on a client!!!!
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of makeup books and I was looking forward to learning about the techniques Barnes' uses to give J.Lo her "glow" tan. There is one makeover included where Barnes does a tanned look on a naturally pale student, but overall, this was a letdown. I guess I've been spoiled by reading Kevyn Aucoin's amazing makeup books years ago, but most of Barnes' techniques seem very overdone and like they'd just sit on the skin. The photographs of the steps make his signature contouring makeup look like ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was the first beauty or makeup related book I bought, and having heard glimmers of his book appearing randomly on youtube for a while, I decided to cave in and purchase Scott Barnes' About Face book. This features beautiful photography of each of the women, and impressively also gives the reader the chance to get to know the woman in her section. The actual advice or content of the book was also very informative and will provide even trained professionals or the avid beauty and makeup lover ...more
I did enjoy reading this and the step-by-step photography was beautiful and extremely helpful. I would recommend this for more "pro"/makeup enthusiasts than people who just wanted to know how to do basic makeup. My only issue with this was that the transformation descriptions did become repetitive and I wish he'd featured more actually products or tools he recommended.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full of information, pictures and step-by-steps, with practically everything anyone has to ever know about makeup.
Alexandra Sinclair
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, the man is amazing at what he does! #inspirational!
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beauty lovers
I finished this in one sitting and took notes...Great for ideas for new ways of applying make-up and good for a boost of self-esteem...I really liked it...
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Great advice but marred by highly photoshopped images. I believe Scott's work would've been better represented with less photoshopping of the models in this book.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Classic Scott Barnes book. A staple in my library of course. Every MUA should consult this book at least once in their careers.
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed this makeup how-to which included wonderful photos and great tips. I now know how to line my inner eyelid and discovered that I'm supposed to line the top one as well. Live and learn...
Oct 21, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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